TFC Stu Recke
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 2, Nortonville
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One killed in a two vehicle collision on KY 79
Date of News Release: 08/19/2011
(Madisonville, Ky.) -- Mr. James E. Coleman was operating a 2004 Chevrolet Pickup northbound on KY 79 behind Unit 2, a 2007 school bus operated by Mr. David T. Wilson. Mr. Coleman passed the school bus and swerved back into the northbound lane to avoid an oncoming vehicle. Mr. Coleman lost control of his vehicle and exited the northbound shoulder of the roadway. The vehicle rotated approximately 180 degrees clockwise and struck a tree with the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle reentered the roadway and sideswiped the passenger side of the school bus. Mr. Wilson attempted to avoid the collision by applying his brakes but was unable to do so. Mr. Coleman's vehicle came to final rest on the driver's side on the northbound shoulder of the roadway. Mr. Wilson's vehicle came to final rest facing north in the northbound lane. None of the occupants of the school bus sustained any injuries as a result of the collision. Mr. Coleman, Mr. Dale M. Cherry, and Mr. Davidson F. Crocker were transported to Gateway Medical Center for treatment to their injuries. Mr. Christopher Gregory was transported to Logan Memorial Hospital. Mr. Gregory and Mr. Cherry were later flown to Vanderbilt Hospital. Mr. Cherry was pronounced deceased at Vanderbilt Hospital.